The Celtics committed a whopping 23 turnovers Thursday and allowed a 27-point halftime lead to slip away in falling to the Pacers, 86-85, in summer league action. Jaycee Carroll scored a team-high 19 points for Boston, while Luke Harangody chipped in 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Celtics summer coach Austin Ainge wasn't pleased with the result, but noted his team got complacent with a monster lead and lost focus late in the game. Given that it's just the summer -- and a roster full of inexperienced players -- he said it wasn't a bad thing for the team to face different game situations, including trying to generate a final shot for the win (Tony Gaffney's desperation heave when Harangody lost control of the ball was off the mark).
Boston will look decidedly different in Friday's summer league finale. Carroll is one of four players headed West to join teams for the Las Vegas Summer League (Ryan Thompson and DeShawn Sims the others; Matt Janning departed Wednesday night). Meanwhile, Semih Erden is headed back to Turkey to prep for the FIBA Championships.
The Celtics might field a roster with only seven players, leading Ainge to joke that he might force Celtics director of basketball development Ty Lue to dress for the game.
We'll recap the summer league more in the coming days and examine the players that might stick on Boston's roster.